Hundreds of Seniors Taking Charge of Their Health at South San Francisco Health Fair

South San Francisco, CA  March 18, 2015   Submitted by Joe Fragola Kaiser Permanente

Arnold Digadice from KPSSF takes Elaine Porter's BP

Arnold Digadice from KPSSF takes Elaine Porter’s BP

Friday, March 13th  turned out to be a very lucky day for hundreds of North County senior citizens who attended the 18th annual Senior Health Fair in South San Francisco.  Kaiser Permanente has collaborated with the City to sponsor the event over the years.

 “The most common remark I hear from our staff is how much they enjoy talking with the people and helping our seniors in the community,”  said Sheila Fusaro, Assistant Medical Group Administrator at KP SSF.  We have a wonderful partnership with the city of South San Francisco and value our participation in the Senior Health Fair.  We are very proud to sponsor this important and meaningful event.”  

Evelyna Guiterrez KPSSF Pharmacy with Tak Nasu

Evelyna Guiterrez KPSSF Pharmacy with Tak Nasu

More than 600 seniors who attended the health fair received tips and health education information to help them better care for themselves.  They also were provided with blood pressure screenings, hearing, glaucoma and cholesterol tests.  Kaiser Permanente pharmacists were on hand to share important information about medications, including proper disposal of outdated medications. Many seniors take multiple pills every day and need to know about medication interactions. Physical therapists shared stretching exercises; dermatologists gave skin care products and information, stressing the importance of using products to protect again damage from the sun, and nutritionists provided information on healthy eating, along with doing body fat readings.  In addition, seniors also were able to learn more about health care coverage with Kaiser Permanente’s Medicare Senior Advantage program.

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